The Pittsburgh Steelers cruised to a 33-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday in what was a very chippy game. Although the action on the field stopped with the final whistle, the heated rivalry continued off the field hours after the game was over.
With the Week 14 victory, Pittsburgh split the season series with its AFC North rival. Despite losing to the Bengals earlier this season, though, Steelers offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert is itching to see them in the playoffs:
There's something ironic about saying "the talking is done between the lines" while taking shots at someone in a tweet.
It's no secret that the Bengals have struggled in the playoffs. They are 0-6 in the postseason under Marvin Lewis, including first-round exits in each of the past four seasons. Those January struggles have the Steelers wanting to face their rivals in the playoffs, regardless of where the game would be played.
The Bengals may have lost quarterback Andy Dalton (fractured thumb) for the rest of the season in the first quarter Sunday, according to ESPN.com's Coley Harvey, but they are a virtual lock to make the playoffs.
Pittsburgh, on the other hand, is in a three-team race for a wild-card spot. In terms of the AFC North race, all the Bengals technically have to do is beat the Baltimore Ravens in Week 17, and they will be division champs.
Considering all that, there's a decent chance the Steelers and Bengals will meet in Cincinnati in the first round of the playoffs. That's exactly what Gilbert wants—and perhaps he's also talking for his teammates.